As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has decided to celebrate the POSHAN Maah across the nation throughout the month of September starting today. To ensure speedy and intensive outreach, the entire month has been subdivided into weekly themes for focused and assimilated approach towards improving Holistic Nutrition. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has planned a series of activities throughout the month in tandem with the States and Union Territories. The weekly theme for the activities to be taken up from 1st to 7th September is – Plantation Activity as “PoshanVatika. The theme for 8th to 15th September week is Yoga and AYUSH for Nutrition while the theme for the third week is- Distribution of ‘Regional Nutrition Kit’ to Anganwadi beneficiaries of High Burdened Districts. The theme for the 4th week 24th to 30 September has been named as Identification of severe acute malnourished children and distribution of nutritious food.
AIR correspondent reports that The Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition- POSHAN Abhiyaan is Government of India’s flagship programme to improve nutritional outcomes for children, adolescent Girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the programme from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on 8 March, 2018. Focusing on the aims of POSHAN Abhiyaan, the government has announced Mission Poshan 2.0 in the Budget 2021-2022. It is as an integrated nutrition support programme, to strengthen nutritional content, delivery, outreach and outcomes with focus on developing practices that nurture health, wellness and immunity to disease and malnutrition.
During the POSHAN Maah, the activities will broadly focus on plantation drive for POSHAN VATIKA by all the stakeholders in the space available at Anganwadis, School Premises, Gram Panchayats and other places. Plantation activity will focus on planting of saplings of nutritious fruit trees, local vegetables, medicinal plants and herbs. Besides, an awareness drive for COVID vaccination and Observance of COVID Protocols will also be held. There will also be a special drive for Height and Weight Measurement for Children under 6 Years of Age during the Poshan Maah. In order to ensure community mobilization and bolster people’s participation, every year, the month of September is celebrated as POSHAN Maah across the country.